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Technical visit - I·PARK1 at Shek Kwu Chau

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is building the I·PARK1, Hong Kong's first waste-to-energy (WtE) facility for treating municipal solid waste that is located on an artificial island in the sea off Shek Kwu Chau, with the first about 6000 tonnes of electrical and mechanical equipment module for incineration boiler prefabricated in Zhuhai arriving in Hong Kong.

I·PARK1 will adopt state-of-the-art technologies and pollution control measures. Its emissions will comply with the emission standards for waste incineration facilities in Hong Kong and the European Commission for the protection of public health and the environment.

Air quality monitoring stations will be set up at Shek Kwu Chau (SKC), Cheung Chau and South Lantau to provide objective data on local air quality to ensure that the operation of I·PARK1 will not affect the surrounding environment.

An action level will be set at 95% of the emission limits to provide early alarm such that we will take appropriate actions according to a formulated plan which will include ceasing the MSW feeding and preparing for shut down of the incineration system.

The EPD is building I·PARK1 at full speed for commissioning in 2025 to handle 3 000 tonnes of municipal solid waste every day. The facility will recover energy from the process of incinerating municipal solid waste to generate power.

It is estimated that about 480 million kilowatt hours of surplus electricity will be exported to the public power grid each year when the system comes into full operation, which is enough to power 100 000 households.